Traditional Method Blanc de Noir
After two and a half years of patient, gentle handling we have arrived at the inaugural release of our Traditional Method Blanc de Noir and we couldn’t be more delighted to finally share this wine with you.
Hand-picked from a single block of 1985 Clone 93 Pinot Noir, this bubbly is the second addition to our expanding sparkling program.
A magnificent pale rose petal pink in colour, the wine pours with a wonderfully persistent bead and mouth-filling mousse. Aromas of sun-baked red apple, fresh oysters, orchard blossom and cherry almond biscotti lift out of the glass. The palate has a voluptuous mouthfeel with raspberry, refreshing gooseberry and lush mandarin topped off with a pink grapefruit flesh finish that carries on and on. We see this sparkling evolving beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.
The base wine was fermented and aged for 6 months in neutral oak barrels. Secondary fermentation took place in late May during its 2 year tirage. The wine was disgorged in the Spring of 2016 and received a light 2013 Pinot Noir dosage before finishing in bottle.
The 2013 growing season once again proved Mother Nature has no master. It was very hot and very humid – the perfect storm for all sorts of challenges including mildew and wasp damage. Our naturally-farmed vineyard with its light canopies and low tonnages weathered the less than ideal conditions beautifully.
We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides and we’re amazed at the diversity of species that can be found on our estate, including all that dwells within our mature, 10-acre forest at the centre of the vineyard
- 92 POINTS – “This wine’s appeal begins with the lovely and delicate pink hue in the glass, along with the lively display of bubbles. The aromas are fruity and the palate offers a rich medley of flavours ranging from apple to red licorice. This is a delicious and festive bubbly.” John Schreiner, APRIL 2016, John Schreiner on Wine
- 90 POINTS – “This pours pale pink but is not labelled as rose, instead its ‘blanc de noir”. It is from a single block of pinot noir planted in 1985. It has a gentle, pretty nose of strawberry-cherry fruit and lovely twiggy spice. Not a lot of autolytic character. It’s light, bright and racy on the palate with brisk acidity and an almost lemony-grapefruit finish. Some stoniness as well. Ultra refreshing style. Very good to excellent length. Tasted April 2016.” David Lawrason, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
- 90 POINTS – “A single block of Clone 93 Pinot Noir planted in 1985 is responsible for this breath of fresh Okanagan Valley Blanc de Noir. Fashioned with the omnipresent Tantalus acidity, this rages out with aridity, salinity and palpable tension. Only Pinot Noir can act like this, with layers of sous bois and fraises du bois. The age of the vines, the early-picked necessity and the allowance for needful and natural expression has resulted in a wine simply stressed as terroir and boîte. Carries the acidity and the tension across and through the palate. Finishes as dry as it started. Drink 2016-2020. Tasted April 2016.” Michael Godel, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
- 90 POINTS – “A ‘Blanc’; in name only, this is pink sparkling wine, and very pretty at that, full of red berry fruit, bright floral notes, very engaging and inviting. The palate is virtually bone dry and crisp, refreshing, with very good length. All in all, this is succulent and lively bubbly, properly made, with integrity. Modest (but good) length and depth of flavour/complexity are the only things holding this back from even greater pleasure. Tasted April 2016.” John Szabo, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
- 91 POINTS – “A pretty pale salmon bubbly: the colour comes from the Pinot Noir grapes that make this wine. These come from a single source block in the vineyard of clone 93 planted in 1985. Seductive aromas of fresh spring rain dipped roses and strawberry blossom. Dry and crisp. Pair with planked salmon.” Natalie MacLean, May 2016, NatalieMacLean.com
- 91 POINTS – “A delicate pale pink in colour. The nose has lots of savoury yeast, dried herbs, spice, orange zest and bacon notes showing good complexity. The palate is dry, crisp with a creamy mousse and quite a delicate texture. Light strawberry, pepper, clove, zest and minerality linger on a long, savoury finish. A classy bubbly.” Rhys Pender, Master of Wine, May 2016, WineAlign.com
- 90 POINTS – “This is labelled blanc de noir but is a fine pale pink in colour with complex red berry aromas of strawberry and red cherry with lemon sherbet and brioche. It has a lively, dry, yet fruity palate with very good to excellent length. There is poise and elegance to this very refreshing pink bubbly. Try with poached salmon in a creamy sauce. Best 2016 to 2020.” Steve Thurlow, June 2016, WineAlign.com
- SILVER MEDAL – National Wine Awards of Canada, June 2016